Travel abroad in the fall: all the rules

The world of tourism seems, slowly, to regain altitude. Sure, pre-pandemic levels are far away, but something seems to be moving. Many, in fact, only the news concerning the autumn season. That’s why we decided to show you the various travel rules if you want to organize a departure during the autumn.

The use of the Green Pass and the countries on the list C

The general rule in force since September 1st is that, to travel by plane from Italy, it is necessary to present the Green Pass (or its foreign equivalent) certifying that have been vaccinated or to be healed from Covid-19, or the negative outcome of a swab carried out in the 48 hours preceding the trip.

This rule is valid for List C countries, namely: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Estonia, Finland, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), Poland, Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira), Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (including territories on the African continent), Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco and Israel.

In many of these countries, the use of the Green Pass is also mandatory for other activities. For this reason, not long ago, we wrote a guide for you on the use of the Green Certification in the various countries where it is in force.

Upon returning to Italy, and until 25 October 2021, it is mandatory:

  • Complete and present the digital Passenger Locator Form to the airline upon boarding and to anyone responsible for carrying out the checks. dPLF, which can be viewed on your mobile device or printed, in paper version;
  • present to the carrier, at the time of boarding and to anyone responsible for carrying out the checks, the Green Pass or other equivalent certification, showing, alternatively:
    • anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination occurred, with certification of the completion of the vaccination cycle for at least fourteen days – in addition to the vaccines validated by the EMA, from 23 September 2021, Italy also recognizes Covishield – Serum Institute of India, produced under license from AstraZeneca; R-CoVI (R-Pharm), manufactured under license from AstraZeneca; Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant – Fiocruz, manufactured under license from AstraZeneca;
    • cured from Covid-19, with the simultaneous termination of the prescribed isolation;
    • carrying out, in the forty-eight hours prior to entry into the national territory, of a rapid or molecular antigen test, conducted with swab and with negative result.

In the event that entry into Italy takes place without the presentation of the dPLF and one of the certifications indicated above, it is mandatory to:

  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for a period of five days, at the home or residence, informing the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority for the area;
  • make a molecular or antigenic test at the end of isolation trust.

The rules for traveling to List D countries

It is also possible to travel for tourism in the Countries on list D. This list includes: Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, British bases on the island of Cyprus), Republic of Korea, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Singapore, United States of America, Ukraine, Taiwan, Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Many of these countries are not yet open to tourism. One case above all is Australia which plans to reopen its borders by December 2021. Others, like the United States, are also preparing to reopen them for Italian travelers. Still others are ready to welcome us, such as Canada for example. For this reason, before booking a trip, we invite you to view the different entry rules on the institutional sites of the chosen travel destinations.

However, upon returning to Italy (and until 25 October 2021) it is necessary:

  • fill in the digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) and present it, on your mobile device or in paper version, to the carrier at the time of boarding, and to anyone in charge of carrying out the checks;
  • present to the airline, upon boarding, and to anyone appointed to carry out the checks, the Green Certification or an equivalent document, issued by the competent health authorities following vaccination validated by the EMA (European Medicines Agency) or however recognized in Italy or following the recovery from Covid-19;
  • present to the carrier, upon boarding, and to anyone responsible for carrying out the checks, a certificate attesting the negative result of a molecular or antigen test, conducted with a swab, carried out in the seventy-two hours prior to entry into Italy, to be shown to anyone responsible for carrying out this verification. The deadline is reduced to forty-eight hours for entries from the UK.

In case of failure to submit the above certifications (vaccine / healing, plus that of the swab) it is still possible to enter Italy, but it is mandatory to:

  • undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance (informing the competent ASL) at the address indicated in the dPLF, reachable only by private vehicle, for a period of five days.
  • Make a further molecular or antigenic test, conducted with a swab, at the end of the five days of isolation.

Basically, who is not vaccinated or cured of Covid-19 will have to undergo fiduciary and buffer isolation at the end of the same.

The Tourist Corridors: what to know

But the most interesting novelty of autumn 2021 is the opening of the Tourist Corridors. In fact, with the Ordinance in force from 30 September 2021 and until 31 January 2022 (except for further extensions), it is possible to carry out controlled tourist trips, including staying at selected accommodation facilities, according to specific health safety measures suitable to guarantee compliance with the protocols. .

In a nutshell they are organized trips and managed exclusively by tour operators, who are also called upon to ensure compliance with the various security measures. The “Covid-free tourist corridors” are operational towards Aruba, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Egypt (limited to the tourist areas of Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam).

Only travelers with:

  • certification certifying the completion of the vaccination cycle or, alternatively, certification of successful recovery. These certifications can be in the form of a Green Pass, or equivalent certification recognized by Italy according to current legislation.

The gifted traveler vaccination or recovery certificate, departing from the national territory for a stay abroad as part of a Covid-free tourist corridor, must:

  • undergo a molecular or antigen test conducted with swab and negative result, in the forty-eight hours prior to departure;
  • if the stay abroad exceeds seven days, it is mandatory to undergo a further molecular or antigen test on site;
  • in the forty-eight hours prior to boarding, or before returning to Italy, it is necessary to undergo a molecular or antigen test, conducted with swab and negative result;
  • upon arrival at the airport in Italy, it is necessary to conduct a further molecular or antigen test, with negative result.

If all the steps listed above are respected, travelers are exempted from compliance with health surveillance and fiduciary isolation obligations. Basically, and also in this case, to travel to these destinations it is necessary to be vaccinated or cured from Covid-19.

Travel to the rest of the world

As for the rest of the world (the countries on list E), travel until 25 October they are allowed only for reasons of work, study, health, absolute urgency, return to home / residence / home.

Finally, we remind you that the rules are constantly changing. For this reason, before traveling, it is important to consult the site created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ViaggiareSicuri, where all the updated information is available.

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